Chief of Defence Staff Lucky Irabor Gives Fresh Details about Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack (LIVE UPDATES)

Chief of Defence Staff Lucky Irabor Gives Fresh Details about Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack (LIVE UPDATES)

Suspected terrorists on Monday night, March 28, attacked a Kaduna-bound train conveying hundreds of passengers.

The train left Abuja at about 6pm and was heading to Kaduna when it was attacked between Katari and Rijana communities, according to Premium Times. gathers that the terrorists, also referred to as bandits, planted explosives on the train track.

Upon forcing the train to stop, they started firing gunshots at passengers as they tried to open the doors.

The Kaduna state government and the Nigeria Railway Corporation have confirmed the tragic incident.

However, the extent of damage, that is the number of those killed, injured or kidnapped, is yet to be ascertained.

Follow's live updates to get more information regarding the attack.

Irabor Says 7 Killed, 29 Injured

Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff, says seven people were killed, while 29 others sustained injuries in the train attack.

Speaking with state house correspondents on Tuesday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Irabor said security operatives are still trying to get the exact number of people who were kidnapped during the incident, TheCable reported.

He said:

“Seven Nigerians were killed, 29 others wounded, and some were kidnapped, and we are yet to establish the exact number.
“We went to the scene this morning, inspected the entire area and gave out instructions on what is to be done and we have come to brief the president on this development.”

Buhari Speaks on Attack

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally reacted to the Kaduna train attack.

In a statement released by Garba Shehu, the president strongly condemned the bombing of the passenger train, describing it as a “matter of grave concern.”

Read the full state:

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate conclusion of all the processes for the implementation of the integrated security surveillance and monitoring solution for the Abuja to Kaduna railway line and that this be extended to cover the Lagos-Ibadan railway line.
He also directed the Nigerian Railway Corporation management to speedily repair the damaged lines and resume normal service without delay.
The President gave these directives in Abuja, Tuesday, after receiving briefs from the Service Chiefs led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Faruk Yahaya, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, as well as Major General Samuel Adebayo, the Chief of Defence Intelligence and the Director General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi in the State House.
Additionally, the President charged the law enforcement chiefs to bring back all passengers kidnapped and ensure that each of the callous terrorists are hunted down and made to face justice for their heinous acts as no one or group should be allowed to make the country prostrate.
President Buhari reiterated his earlier directive that the military should deal ruthlessly with terrorists. He asked them to be more decisive and not spare anyone unlawfully wielding the AK 47 weapon.
"No one should be allowed to hold the country to ransom," said the President.
President Buhari strongly condemned the bombing of the passenger train, describing it as a “matter of grave concern.”
According to the President, “like most Nigerians, I am deeply pained by its occurrence, the second of its type, which has resulted in the death of a yet to be determined number of passengers and others who suffered injuries.
“The attack on the train, a safe means of transport to many, is callous; and our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers for the injured," he said.
The President commended the Law Enforcement agencies for their prompt response and emergency personnel who were responsible for the evacuation and treatment of the injured persons."

Tinubu says Over 60 people killed

While cannot independently confirm the figure, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu while cancelling the colloquium claimed over 60 people killed.

He said:

“I have just been informed of a very sad incident in our country, that over 60 people and many more were killed and bombed on the train between Kaduna and Abuja."

Osinbajo Cancels Trip to Lagos for Tinubu’s Birthday, Heads to Kaduna

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has arrived Kaduna, hours after the attack.

According to a tweet by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo was on his way to Lagos for the 13th Tinubu Colloquium but had to detour to Kaduna this on receiving news of the extent of human and material losses occasioned by the attack.

List of injured passenbers emerge

The list of injured passengers have emerged.

This comes as the managing-director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Engineer Fidet Okhiria, said information from the scene of the attack at the moment indicated that seven people died.

Check the list here.

Tinubu Cancels 13th Annual Colloquium

The All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu has cancelled the colloquium organised in commemoration of his 70th birthday.

The former governor of Lagos state made this known shortly after his arrival at the colloquium on Tuesday, March 29.

Tinubu said the event could not continue following a deadly attack on a Kaduna-Abuja train.

Doctor in Abuja-Kaduna Rail Attack Dies

Chinelo Nwando Megafu, a dental surgeon, has died from the wounds she sustained in the deadly attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train.

Shortly after the attack, Chinelo had posted on her Twitter handle that she was shot in the train while calling for prayers from her followers.

Her tweet elicited various reactions on the microblogging platform as some tweeps empathised with her, while others described it as fake news.

Former Deputy Governor Shot in Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack

Former Zamfara state deputy governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Wakkala, was among those shot during an attack on the Kaduna-bound train.

Read more about it here.

Kaduna government confirms fatalities

The Kaduna state government has confirmed fatalities but did not say the number of people killed so far.

In a statement released by Samuel Aruwan, the commissioner for internal security and home affairs, on Tuesday, March 29, the state government said the evacuation of the trapped passengers has been concluded.

Search and rescue operations , however, continued.

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